The level of excitement that a child experiences as his or her birthday approaches is way beyond explanation. But as parents, you’re torn between giving what your child wants and balancing your finances. Plus, you need to take care of every detail of the party from finding the right kids birthday party places to choosing what food to serve on that day.
As the big day approaches, you can’t avoid things from happening. Some of these things are just way beyond your control and there are those that you can actually do something on. So to make that you get to do things that are essentials in throwing a party that doesn’t cause strain to your family budget, planning ahead of time is necessary.
Set the budget
To avoid going beyond what you can only afford, it’s best to start laying out your budget that covers all the party essentials like the food, party venue, decorations, party giveaways, and the entertainment part of it. To have a bird’s eye-view of your possible expenses, you need to do some sort of cost-per-person this will help you have a conservative estimate of cost for every guest you will have. So all you have to do is to multiply it with the number of guest you are eyeing to invite.
Avoid providing open-budget. Although it’s wise to set as much money as possible, but not to the point of opening your whole family savings just to throw your child a lavish party. That’s not worth all the expenses.
As early as your child is still small, it’s time to train yourself to be frugal as possible. This is important to young parents who might be overwhelmed by the thought of throwing a party for their bundle of joy for the very first time.
Although there’s really nothing wrong about that, the point is, you need to start to be more practical as possible. It’s also the right time to start making it a habit to be frugal. Since your child doesn’t really need and will never appreciate lavish parties, there’s really no point of throwing one, especially in the case of small children.
Party theme matters
If you think your child can’t decide which theme to choose over the other, you can present to him or her the pros and cons of each theme. You might want to discuss with your child whether it’s easy to find those materials in your local supply store as well as how expensive one is relative to all the options.
Some of the things that most people often overlook is the date and time of the party, which is by the way very crucial and important to the success of children’s party. Since small children like one-year-olds have unique and pretty stable sleeping pattern for the first one-two years, it’s very important to consider the time of the day when holding the event.
If you don’t want to have an irritated and totally pissed child while entertaining the guests, you might take into account your child’s sleeping pattern. The date is also important thing to consider although it’s implied rule to hold the birthday on the exact date. But there are some cases when parents chose to hold the party on the weekends, especially the actual birthday of their child falls on a weekdays when everyone’s at work or at school. In these situation, you have to ensure that the guests are properly informed because they might assume that the party date is also the birth date, which can be confusing in putting dates to the gifts.
Ask for RSVP
Nowadays, people have become wiser when it comes to sending out invitations. Since confirmation to an event really matters, it’s wise to ask for RSVP. For one, it will help you determine the headcount of your expected guest and this will also help you in forecasting the possible expenses that you might incur.
Having a clear idea on who are attending or not will help you not only on setting your budget but also in sending invites to more people of a lot of your invited guest said that they are not going. Of course, don’t take it against them when they decide not to go, there’s really nothing personal about it. It’s just that they might have already planned something on that particular day.
Thus, the right timing of sending the invitations does really matter. If you don’t want to receive a lot of “not going” responses because of your short notice, plan to send the invites at least a month or 2-3 weeks before the event, so your guest will have enough time to plan out their schedules.
I can’t stress this enough that activities are considered as bread and butter to a children’s party. Because kids value the activities and games more than the food, it’s just fitting to spend more time planning the activities, after all, kids will always be kids and they can spend most of their time playing these games.
Be sure to include some of the classic children’s party games such gingerbread house, balloon pop relay, and piñata. Allowing children to interact with other children during a game or an activity is a great way for them to develop their social skills, which is very basic in their development.
Remember that kids, especially the younger ones, can’t really appreciate expensive and high-end parties, all they are after are fun, great food, and plenty of friends. So you can just save that extra money for some other important things or perhaps save that for the kid’s next party when he gets older.
Just be creative and don’t stress yourself out because your children can smell that and parties like that should be fun where everyone is enjoying the moment, including you.